Private 47473-7th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry- Wilfred Nicholson was born in Hampole, near Doncaster, on 20th August 1893. He was the fifth child of William and Annie Nicholson. After leaving school he became a miner at Rossington Colliery and was involved in the sinking of the new pit. At the time of his marriage he was a banksman at the colliery.
His parents lived at Hesley Hall estate gatehouse, where his father was a shepherd. Wilfred married Edith (Edie) Maughan from Lincolnshire. Edie was in service at Mount Pleasant on Bawtry Road and after their marriage they lived in Sunderland Street, Tickhill. Wilfred enlisted in the army and joined the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was then sent to France where he fought alongside his friends.
On 2nd April 1918 during the spring campaign of the Somme offensive, he was with Tickhill man, George Stubbings, they were running to cross a road when Wilfred was hit by a shell and was killed instantly. At the time of his death Wilfred was attached to the 7th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Private Wilfred Nicholson has no known grave and is commemorated on panels 59 and 60 of the Pozieres War Memorial near Albert in France. He is also commemorated on the War Memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard in Tickhill. Wilfred left behind his widow Edie and his two children. His obituary from his parents in the Doncaster Gazette dated 17 May 1918 states that three of his four brothers were also serving the army in France. They all survived the war.
Submitted by Lesley Nicholson